BEING part of a competition that requires a four hour road trip each fortnight just to play could be considered a drag.
But Warrnambool Rangers centre-back Liam Priestley said it also had a big upside
“When you have to travel two hours up and back every two weeks it does help create a bond,” Priestley said.
“We are a pretty close club and spending that time together helps that.
“I think that bond we have does come out on the field, we play for each other.”
The Rangers men’s and women’s teams will make the trip to Ballarat on Saturday to play in the Ballarat and District Soccer Association division one grand finals.
The men’s will play Sebastopol Vikings SC, a team that beat them 1-0 in the second semi-final. The Vikings’ goal came in the 88th minute and Priestley said the Rangers learnt plenty from that loss.
“We just dropped off towards the end of that game and that cost us,” Priestley said.
“We tried a few different things in the preliminary final last week and I feel we are better prepared this time around.”
Like the men, the women’s team will be up against an opponent they lost to in the second semi-final.
Ballarat SC won that semi-final 3-0 before the Rangers bounced back to win the preliminary final.
Rangers star Isabel Wilkinson said her team was not far away.
“I think the 3-0 score didn’t reflect how close the game was,” she said.
“We just need to be a bit more potent in front of goals.”